The Divine Forty Liturgies and the Nativity Fast

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Source: Mystagogy The Nativity Fast in the Orthodox Church begins on November 15th. From that time until December 17th (or some observe December 12th) we fast from meat, milk products, and eggs, though fish is allowed. After the 17th (or 12th) we fast also from fish. But fasting from food, according to the command of our Lord, must go hand in hand with spiritual fasting in order for it to be beneficial and have a deeper meaning. For this reason it must be coupled with prayer and almsgiving. … [Read more...]

Vice President Joe Biden visits Archbishop Demetrios of America at the Headquarters of the GOA

Vice President Joe Biden with Archbishop Demetrios (photo © Dimitrios Panagos/GOA)

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese NEW YORK – Vice President Joe Biden visited today Archbishop Demetrios of America, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America at the headquarters of the Archdiocese in Manhattan. The two discussed the matter of religious freedom and the Ecumenical Patriarchate and other issues of mutual interest regarding security and peace in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean. Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Headquarters 8-10 East 79th St. New … [Read more...]

Burglary at St. Irene Chrysovalantou Church in Astoria

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Source: The National Herald | Theodore Kalmoukas BOSTON - Unknown intruder or intruders attempted to rob the St. Irene Chrysovalantou Church in Astoria on Sunday, Nov. 13 around 9PM. It seems that they entered from a basement door, but they left with no plunders because the alarm went off. The intruders went directly to the icon of St. Irene – which is filled with valuable gold and silver items reflecting expressions of faith. They did not manage to break the casing because it is … [Read more...]

Buffalo’s SS. Peter and Paul Church Robbed

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Source: Orthodox Church in America Just two months after “Project Buffalo” — a ministry initiated by the Diocese of New York and New Jersey aimed at revitalizing Saints Peter and Paul parish here — thieves stripped $6,000.00 worth of copper from the parish church and made off with an antique, silver-plated Gospel book during the night of Friday, November 11, 2011. After stripping both copper and lead from the church, the thieves broke into the church, apparently through a basement window. … [Read more...]

Patriarch Kirill Prays for Peaceful Outcome of Arab Revolutions

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Source: Interfax Beirut, November 15, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Lebanese President Michel Suleyman discussed at a meeting in Beirut the current complicated situation in the Middle East and they agreed that peaceful changes must be carried out and new manifestations of Christianophobia prevented. "We are extremely concerned about the position of Christian communities in Egypt, Iraq and Libya. We have been witnessing radical growth in Christianophobia in other … [Read more...]

AAC overwhelmingly Approves Proceeding with Implementation of the Strategic Plan

Metropolitan Jonah and Bishop Benjamin are greeted by Alaskan dancers upon their arrival at the 16th All-American Council.

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA/Priest John Vitko] The draft Strategic Plan for the Orthodox Church in America was a major focus of the recent 16th All-American Council. Four of the eight plenary sessions focused in part or in-to on the Strategic Plan. The heart of these activities were two three-hour long workshops focused on each of the 10 top priority goals – with participants having the opportunity to further develop the goals and to identify … [Read more...]

Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue Meets, Issues Statement on Plight of Christians in the Middle East

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and South America Wednesday, November 09, 2011 The texts promulgated by this Dialogue are not to be understood as official positions of the Orthodox Church or of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops, but rather they reflect the considered theological understanding of the participants in the Dialogue, who are appointed and empowered by the Assembly of Bishops to explore these issues. NEW YORK —The North American … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Jonah Addresses Delegates, Observers at 16th All-American Council

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Source: Orthodox Church in America BELLEVUE, WA [OCA] Following an opening Service of Prayer and call to order, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, opened the first plenary session of the 16th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America on Monday evening, October 31, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel here. After Metropolitan Jonah delivered his opening address, several members of the Holy Synod of Bishops offered reflections on the life of the Church in general and the issues they … [Read more...]

Methodios Imposes New Sanctions on Lynn Parish

TNH File Photo Metropolitan Methodios of Boston though a letter dated Oct. 11, 2011 has begun a second round of crisis at the historic Greek Orthodox parish of St. George in Lynn, MA. He continues the controversy he started last December about a $20,000 increase to the parish’s annual contribution to the Archdiocese which the parish cannot afford and has refused to pay

Source: National Herald | By Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON, MA – Metropolitan Methodios of Boston though a letter dated Oct. 11, 2011 has begun a second round of crisis at the historic Greek Orthodox parish of St. George in Lynn, MA. He continues the controversy he started last December about a $20,000 increase to the parish’s annual contribution to the Archdiocese which the parish cannot afford and has refused to pay. Through the letter, Methodios reinstated the sanctions … [Read more...]

Russians Queue for Greek Fertility Relic

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Source: adeiladenow RUSSIANS have queued to see one of the most treasured Orthodox relics, believed to have miraculous powers to boost fertility, as the country struggles to reverse a population decline. The relic on loan from Greece, that believers venerate as the belt of the Virgin Mary, arrived overnight in Russia's northwestern city of Saint Petersburg, where hundreds, mostly women, stood in line to pay their respects. Arriving in Russia for the first time in its history, the relic … [Read more...]